Two Share Lead at Betsy King Classic
Carri Wood, Michelle McGann, Wendy Doolan and Michelle Ellis share third place at 5-under par.
McGill opened on the back nine at Berkleigh and parred her first four holes before breaking into red figures at the 14th. She holed a wedge shot from 110 yards for an eagle and played even par over the rest of her front nine.
McGill drained a 20-foot birdie putt on the second hole and birdied two in a row at five and six. She flew the putting surface at the seventh but holed another shot from off the green, this time a chip-in birdie from 20 feet, taking her to 7-under and into the outright lead.
The 30-year-old pushed her drive into the right rough and punched her second over the green. McGill three-putted from the fringe for a bogey and fell into a tie for the first-round lead.
'Today is a result of what I've been working on,' said McGill, who played in Sunday's final pairing with Annika Sorenstam at the U.S. Women's Open. 'Anytime you have breaks like that, you are lucky, but I've been hitting it close.'
Ammaccapane also began on the second nine but her round was not as wild as McGill's. She drained a three-footer for birdie at No. 13 and followed two holes later with a 10-foot birdie. Ammaccapane closed her front nine with birdies at 16 and 18 and made the turn at 4-under 33.
Ammaccapane used great wedge play on her back nine to take her place on top of the leaderboard. At the par-5 fifth, Ammaccapane knocked her wedge shot to two feet to set up the easy birdie and closed her round with three-foot birdie putt at the ninth.
'It was actually nice and comfortable and easy to play out there today,' said Ammaccapane, a seven-time LPGA titlist who is winless in her last four years on tour. 'I was never between clubs and I was not in a whole lot of trouble. I think I could have had a lower score because I thought a few lipped out and I think I left a couple out there. Certainly I will take this as a first round.'
Moira Dunn, Susan Ginter-Brooker, Angela Stanford, Stefania Croce and Val Skinner share seventh place at minus-4.
Se Ri Pak, third on the LPGA Tour money list, opened with a 2-under-par 70 and is part of a group tied for 19th, four shots off the lead.
Karrie Webb, who won the Women's British Open two weeks ago, shot a 1-under 71 and shares 33rd.
Heather Daly-Donofrio, the 2001 Betsy King Classic winner, struggled in the opening round of her title defense. She shot a 4-over 76 and is part of group tied for 122nd.
Full-field scores from First Union Betsy King Classic
What's in the bag: API winner McIlroy
Rory McIlroy closed in 64 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here's a look inside the winners' bag.
Driver: TaylorMade M3 (8.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 70X shaft
Fairway woods: TaylorMade M3 (15 degrees) with Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80TX, (19 degrees) with Fujikura Rombax P95X shaft
Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4), P-730 RORS prototype (5-9), with Project X 7.0 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (48, 52, 56 degrees), Hi-Toe(60 degrees), with Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts
Putter: TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto prototype
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
API purse payout: What Rory, Tiger, field made
Rory McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and collected one of the biggest non-major paychecks of the year. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out at Bay Hill.
|T14||Charles Howell III||-6||$137,950|
|T14||Byeong Hun An||-6||$137,950|
After Further Review: Woods wisely keeping things in perspective
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On Tiger Woods' career comeback ...
Tiger Woods seems to be the only one keeping his comeback in the proper perspective. Asked after his tie for fifth at Bay Hill whether he could ever have envisioned his game being in this shape heading into Augusta, he replied: “If you would have given me this opportunity in December and January, I would have taken it in a heartbeat.” He’s healthy. He’s been in contention. He’s had two realistic chances to win. There’s no box unchecked as he heads to the Masters, and no one, especially not Woods, could have seen that coming a few months ago. – Ryan Lavner
On Tiger carrying momentum into API, Masters ...
Expect Jordan Spieth to leave Austin with the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play trophy next week.
After all, Spieth is seemingly the only top-ranked player who has yet to lift some hardware in the early part of 2018. Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas have all gotten it done, as have Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and most recently Rory McIlroy.
Throw in the sudden resurgence of Tiger Woods, and with two more weeks until the Masters there seem to be more azalea-laden storylines than ever before.
A Spieth victory in Austin would certainly add fuel to that fire, but even if he comes up short the 2015 champ will certainly be a focus of attention in a few short weeks when the golf world descends upon Magnolia Lane with no shortage of players able to point to a recent victory as proof that they’re in prime position to don a green jacket. – Will Gray
Davies not giving up on win, HOF after close call
PHOENIX – Laura Davies knows the odds are long now, but she won’t let go of that dream of making the LPGA Hall of Fame.
At 54, she was emboldened by her weekend run at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She tied for second, five shots behind Inbee Park.
“The more I get up there, I might have a chance of winning again,” Davies said. “I'm not saying I will ever win, but today was close. Maybe one day I can go closer.”
Davies is a World Golf Hall of Famer, but she has been sitting just outside the qualification standard needed to get into the LPGA Hall of Fame for a long time. She needs 27 points, but she has been stuck on 25 since her last victory in 2001. A regular tour title is worth one point, a major championship is worth two points.
Over her career, she has won 20 LPGA titles, four of them major championships. She was the tour’s Rolex Player of the Year in 1996. She probably would have locked up Hall of Fame status if she hadn’t been so loyal to the Ladies European Tour, where she won 45 titles.
Though Davies didn’t win Sunday in Phoenix, there was more than consolation in her run into contention.
“Now people might stop asking me when I'm going to retire,” she said.